20/09/2002

Road Trauma Support opens new premises in Belfast

Road Trauma Support, which provides emotional support, practical help and information to people who have been bereaved or injured as a result of road traffic collisions, has opened new premises in east Belfast today.

The group, which also raises public awareness of the needs of people affected and the issues affecting them, opened its new offices on the Knockbreda Road.

Environment Minister Dermot Nesbitt, who officially opened the new centre, paid tribute to the important role of road victim support groups. He said: “The loss of a loved one in a road traffic collision is a painful experience. Today I have met with people who, in spite of their own loss, volunteer their time and draw on their experience to help others in similar circumstances. These are the people behind the road casualty statistics.

"The emotional support and practical help they provide to others who have been bereaved or injured through road trauma should be acknowledged and greatly appreciated.”

In thanking the Environment Minister for opening the new premises, Oliver Wilkinson, Road Trauma Support Chairman, said: “We are delighted these new premises are now available to assist and support people who are victims of road collisions. This is their place; somewhere to come to share with others the pain of bereavement or injury on our roads.”

Road Trauma Support is a voluntary and charitable organisation that seeks to provide a range of effective and accessible services to people affected directly or indirectly by road trauma throughout Northern Ireland. (MB)

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